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The Henshaw name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Henshaw in Northumberland, or in the settlement of Henshaw in Prestbury, which is in the county of Cheshire. The surname Henshaw belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Henshaw has undergone many spelling variations, including Henshaw, Henshall, Henshawe and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Henshaw research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1628, 1673, 1663, 1608, 1679, 1663, 1618 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Henshaw History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Henshaw Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Henshaw were among those contributors:

Henshaw Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Joshua Henshaw, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Benj Henshaw, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Henshaw Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Charles Henshaw settled in Maryland in 1742
  • Benjamin and John Henshaw settled in Boston in 1768

Henshaw Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Vivian Henshaw, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1831
  • John and Joseph Henshaw settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Mrs. Henshaw, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Henshaw Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • John Henshaw, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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  • William Thornton Henshaw (1868-1949), American politician, Mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1896-1902; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1901-02
  • Marion Lee Henshaw (1845-1929), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1883
  • John Snodgrass Henshaw (1869-1957), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1897-98
  • Howard A. Henshaw (b. 1864), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Suffield, 1919-20
  • Horace Henshaw, American politician, Supervisor of Paris Township, Michigan, 1868-69
  • Harry Preston Henshaw (1886-1961), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1917-18; Member of West Virginia State Senate 15th District, 1921-31
  • Edgar Craven Henshaw (1859-1924), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1910-14
  • David Henshaw (1791-1852), American politician, Secretary of the Navy, 1843-44
  • Charlotte V. Henshaw, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • Henry Wetherbee Henshaw (1850-1930), American ornithologist

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The Henshaw Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henshaw Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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